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Created on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 / Social Media
Tags: Social media, churches, non-profits, Brandon Cox, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, gospel, why, who, strategy, communications, creativity, connect, angry rants, pithy quotes, respond, en
God invented social media, so church, you ought to use it! Nonprofits who hope to change the world? You too! I've written plenty about the theory and philosophy behind using social media. In fact, I wrote ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 January 2015 / Culture
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, church, Bible, secularized, influence, salt, light, Ezekiel, popular, controversial, standard, membership, serving, ministry, pre-marital sex, family, marriage, secular music, ...
The Bible teaches that the church is supposed to influence the world as salt and light (Matt. 5:13-16), but instead the church has often been influenced by the world. Ezekiel 22:26 sends a stern ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 / Vision
Tags: Joe McKeever, balance, healthy, church, impact, one, many, Word, Work
... to any usefulness to the Savior. After five years as Director of Missions for the 100 Southern Baptist churches of metro New Orleans, Joe McKeever retired on June 1, 2009. These days, he has an office ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 / Culture
Tags: Russell Moore, Southern Baptist Convention, same-sex marriage, Supreme Court, church, sexual revolution, abortion, marriage, male, female, Christian vision
The Supreme Court announced last week that they are taking cases on whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. Effectively, this means that the highest court in the land will decide, this year, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 January 2015 / Vision
Tags: 2015, Evan Dolive, church, Christ, decrease complaining, increase giving, prayer, patience, peace, mercy, attendance, community, love, people, ministry, failure, missions
It's that time of the year again, when we stand on the precipice of a new year and look forward to what is in store for us in 2015. Last year, I wrote "14 Things the Church Needs to Do in 2014," and many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 January 2015 / Multicultural
Tags: Bob Smietana, Lifeway Research, segregation, church, worshippers, pastors, Sunday morning, racial group, diversity, Protestant senior pastors, Evangelicals
Sunday morning remains one of the most segregated hours in American life, with more than 8 in 10 congregations made up of one predominant racial group.  And most worshippers like it that way. Two-thirds ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 January 2015 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, employment, pastors, church staff, jobs, informal network, resumes, influential person, recommendations, social media, reputations
This post may cause some of you to feel uneasy. I have to admit I've had some of those same feelings writing it. I prefer to think of pastoral ministry as a calling more than a job. And I sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 January 2015 / Community
Tags: Evangelicals, denomination, changes, leaders, traditions, Shirley Mullen, Houghton College, Reformed Church, church history, geographical moves, Baptist seminary, Bill Anderson, leadership consu
Evangelical leaders are more likely to have switched denominations than to have stayed in the same denomination all of their lives. Nearly 60 percent of evangelical leaders have changed denominations since ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 January 2015 / Construction
Tags: maximizing money, time, space, and people, maximizing impact, more with less church, church growth
... in 2000, Hilltop was a program-based church and the building was built to meet the needs of those programs. With Hilltop 2.0, most of those programs went away as more and more ministry moved out of the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, guidelines, senior pastor, selection committee, elders, church, process, rush, competent, interim pastor, transition specialist, pastoral profile
One of the toughest jobs for any church is to find and select a new senior pastor. It's an intricate and delicate balance of both natural and supernatural forces. God is sovereign, but people are fully ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 / Technology
Tags: LifeChurch.tv, YouVersion, church, digital revolution, Bible app, languages, cyberspace, Bobby Gruenewald, computer, mobile device, electronic evangelism
... Oklahoma, was in a long security line at Chicago's O'Hare Airport in 2006 when the thought struck: For spreading the Word, cyberspace could rival the printing press in historical significance. The 38-year-old ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 / Construction
Tags: Daniels and Daniels, church, building, decisions, prayers, consideration, ministry, renovate, relocate, replace, church growth
Perhaps you are in a ministry where God is moving, your attendance is growing, and you find yourself asking, "How do we facilitate this increase?" Or maybe, your ministry has plateaued and your team realizes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Brandon Cox, Rick Warren, doubt, risk, trigger-shy leader, confidence, fear, trying, failing, criticism, Saddleback Church, Decade of Destiny, big goals
... anyway is the other half. As leaders, we fight fear daily: The fear of trying and failing The fear of criticism The fear of doing something dumb and getting everyone hurt Way back in 2000-ish, the church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 January 2015 / Growth
Tags: Brandon Cox, church planters, creativity, Grace Hills Church, Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, money, quality equipment, facility, advertising, launch, transferable principles
A quarter of a million dollars sounds like a whole lot of money to me. But that's the amount an expert in the field of church planting said I should have in the bank before attempting to plant Grace Hills ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 January 2015 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, young adults, unchurched, Christianity, LifeWay Research, dying, spiritual, relative, perception, churches, connection, share
There's an idea that Christianity in America is dying. No serious researcher—not one—thinks that. However, I still am surprised that some people think this. (For a quick analysis, see this ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 January 2015 / Equipment
Tags: Churches, sound systems, technology, budget, maintenance, re-tuning, speakers, feedback, upgrade, training program
While technical systems are a great way to enhance a worship service, they are also a great way to ruin or distract the congregation. Many churches are looking for new ways that they can improve their ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 January 2015 / Finance
Tags: Faith, Finances, Gunnar Johnson, Gateway Church, economics, healing, wounded, stewardship, pastor, perspective, accountability
Picture in your mind what your church would look like if your people were financially free. Dwell on that image. Dwell on the impact your financially free congregation could have on your community, on ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 / Prayer
Tags: prayer, intercession, intercessory prayer, intercessors, prayerlessness, church, pastors, Jennifer LeClaire
I believe prayerlessness is the greatest sin in the church—and unfortunately some leaders are propagating this sin and discouraging those with prayer burdens from cooperating with the Spirit of God ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 / Personal Character
Tags: Leadership, Phil Cooke, threats, pastors, churches, nonprofits, businesses, motivator, ultimatum, credibility, authority, communication, respect
The New Testament book of Mark is a powerful example of who responded to the message of Jesus and who didn't. Chapter 12 is an especially good example. The people (Mark describes them as "throngs") loved ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 / Communication
Tags: Brandon Cox, articles, pastors, truth, Bible, Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court, church plant, social media, church growth, control, marriage, disciples, local churches, disappointment, give up
I loved 2014. It was crazy busy, but there has also been a sweet rhythm to life. I haven't blogged as regularly as I have in past years, but my posts have often been longer, more article-length, and at ... [ +++ ]
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